Q & A

Review HUD's Disaster Guidance Before Severe Weather Hits

July 14, 2020    

While the country is still dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season is currently on pace to match the number of named storms during the historic 2005 hurricane season, which was the most active hurricane season on record. Hurricane season...

Don't Include Late Fees Incurred During Moratorium in Post-Moratorium Collections

July 14, 2020    

The CARES Act created a federal moratorium on evictions of tenants for most federal housing programs. The moratorium took effect on March 27 and extends until July 25, 2020. According to the provisions of the act, it’s unlawful to “charge fees, penalties, or other charges to the...

Don't Charge for Internet Services

July 14, 2020    

As the pandemic continues, Internet connectivity for information and services has become increasingly important. From virtual doctor’ visits to virtual learning as schools delay openings, these critical services have underscored the importance of Internet connectivity during this time. But...

What Should You Do When a Resident Has a Confirmed Case of COVID-19?

June 12, 2020    

SITUATION: You just found out that Ann Smith, one of your residents, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in self-isolation for 14 days. You immediately report the case to the local health authorities. You post signs and notices in common areas alerting other residents...

Don't Omit Details in Pre-Termination Notice

June 12, 2020    

Showing that residents committed a substantial or material lease violation isn’t enough to evict them from federally assisted housing. You must also furnish a proper lease pre-termination notice letting residents know exactly what they did wrong. If the notice isn’t clear and...

Owner Can Evict Resident for Letting Guests Smoke in Unit

June 12, 2020    

Facts: Ignoring repeated written warnings, a resident continued to smoke in her Section 8 unit and allow her guests to do likewise. And while the multiple complaints from neighbors about her screaming did little to gain the owner’s affections, the last straw was her arrest...

Owner Waives Right to Evict Disruptive Resident by Recertifying Her Lease

June 12, 2020    

Facts: An owner claimed that over a course of four years, a Section 8 resident was a major nuisance, harassing the neighbors, stealing packages, making excessive noise, and getting into fights. But all the while it accepted her rent. In November 2018, she was arrested on the...

HUD's Fourth Wave of CARES Funds to Help People with Disabilities

May 29, 2020    

HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently announced nearly $77 million in a fourth wave of CARES Act funding, supporting up to 8,300 additional vouchers. Provided through HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, this wave of relief funds is intended to provide affordable...

GAO Issues Additional Priority Recommendations for HUD

May 29, 2020    

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report with priority recommendations to HUD, outlining 17 “priority open” recommendations. These are GAO recommendations that warrant priority attention from heads of key departments or agencies because their...

Get HUD Approval for Lease Modifications

January 29, 2020    

In this month’s feature, The Risk of the Incomplete Lease, we told you what documents HUD requires you to attach to your leases. But can you make other modifications to a HUD model lease?

PHA Didn't Follow Proper Procurement Procedures

January 29, 2020    

Catalyst: An anonymous caller contacted HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) complaint hotline claiming that the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority improperly awarded an Internet services contract for more than $200,000 without receiving competitive...

Is Resident Association’s Fundraising for Resident Activities Permitted?

December 13, 2019    

Q Our site has a “mini-mart”: A resident association buys snack foods at a retail warehouse club and resells them in...